PRIME Minister and Witney MP David Cameron visited Eynsham-based advanced engineering company Polar Technology Management Group last Friday to inspect its apprenticeship scheme.

Polar co-founder and chairman Scott Roberts said the PM’s office approached the firm, which employs four apprentices at its SS Tube Technology business.

Mr Roberts said: “He was very supportive. He said what we were doing in our business was exactly the type of thing the Government was trying to promote.”

The Government’s goal is to create 3 million new apprenticeships across the UK in the next five years.

Mr Roberts had previously met Mr Cameron on two occasions, the most recent being last November at 10 Downing Street during a function for motorsport.

SS Tube Technology designs and manufactures components in mainly tubular structures, such as exhausts for Formula One and IndyCar racing cars.

It is one of three businesses within the Polar group. The others are Lentus Composites, which produces carbon and glass-fibre composites, and Horizon Engineering, which manufactures mechanised components that it sells to the SS Tube and Lentus divisions.

Mr Roberts established the Polar group with long-term business partner Mike Dewhirst in 2012. The businesses sell into the motorsport, aerospace, defence, energy and medical sectors.

He said the pair invested £6m of their own money into the venture, adding: “We want to grow to get up to £15m in turnover by 2025, with export-led sales.”

He said that about 70 per cent of the Polar group’s total sales was export.